Earl H. Wetzel, 84, Rochester Mills, died Monday, Nov. 8, 2010, at Indiana Regional Medical Center.
He was born April 10, 1926, in Rayne Township, Indiana County, a son of the late Howard B. and Myrtle (Orr) Wetzel.
June 12, 1944, he married his wife of 66 years, Jean V. Farnsworth, who survives.
Mr. Wetzel spent his childhood on the farms of his parents and grandfather, H.H. Wetzel.
He was an active member of the Gilgal Presbyterian Church and a veteran of World War II, having seen action in Germany serving with Company C, 36th Armored Infantry Regiment of the 3rd Army Division. He was also a mechanic tank crewman and finished OCS training at Fort Knox in June 1946.
A dragline operator for 35 years, Mr. Wetzel worked for a number of companies, including Marion Center Mining, Miller Brothers of Washington and Energy Supply of Burgettstown.
He also had his own backhoe, Dozer, and trucking business for a number of years.
Devoted to his family and his home, Mr. Wetzel loved traveling, tractors and old engines. He had virtues of which his family is most proud.
In addition to his wife, surviving relatives include four sons, Kenneth Wetzel and wife Susan of Marion Center, Wade Wetzel and wife Kathie of Rochester Mills, Harry “Bud” Wetzel and wife Aleta of Roswell, N.M., and Charles Wetzel and wife Jamie of Marion Center; two daughters, Bonnie Brokaw and husband Jim of Lake George, Colo., and Patricia “Pat” Wetzel of Rochester Mills; a brother, Carl Wetzel of McGregor, Minn.; 10 grandchildren, Angela Wetzel Libel of St. Joseph, Mo., Amy Wetzel Rose of Garland, Texas, Mark and Aaron Wetzel of Marion Center, Megan Wetzel of Roswell, Todd Wetzel of Rochester Mills, Kathy Wetzel Barr of Clymer, Kimberly Williams of Punxsutawney, David McFarland of Monroeville and Kyle McFarland of Rochester Mills; two step-grandchildren, Lynn Christner of Somerset and Laura Konitsky of Nicktown; 14 great-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandsons.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Louise and Martha; a brother, Dwight; and an infant son, David.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010, at the Deeley Funeral Home, Punxsutawney.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 12, 2010, at the funeral home with Pastor Darla Revennaugh officiating.
Interment will be in the Marion Center Cemetery.